New York Liberty
2022 New York Liberty season
New York Liberty logo
ConferenceEastern
LeaguesWNBA
Founded1997
HistoryNew York Liberty
1997–present
ArenaBarclays Center
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Team colorsSeafoam green, black, white[1][2]
     
CEOKeia Clarke
General managerJonathan Kolb
Head coachSandy Brondello
Assistant(s)Olaf Lange
Roneeka Hodges
Zach O'Brien
OwnershipJoseph Tsai
Championships0
Conference titles3 (1999, 2000, 2002)
Websiteliberty.wnba.com
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The New York Liberty is an American professional basketball team based in Brooklyn, New York City. The Liberty compete in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) as part of the league's Eastern Conference. The team was founded in 1997 and is one of the eight original franchises of the league. The team is owned by Joe Tsai, the majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets. The team's home games are played at Barclays Center.

The Liberty have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in fifteen of its twenty-four years. The franchise has been home to many well-known players such as Teresa Weatherspoon, Rebecca Lobo, Becky Hammon, Leilani Mitchell, Essence Carson, Cappie Pondexter, Tina Charles, and the team's first-ever No.1 overall Draft pick Sabrina Ionescu. The Liberty have three conference championships and have played in the WNBA Finals four times, falling to the Houston Comets in 1997, 1999, and 2000, and losing to the Los Angeles Sparks in 2002. They have the most appearances in the WNBA Finals without a championship.

Franchise history

Early success (1997–2002)

Prior to the team's first season, to avoid potential trademark infringement, the team purchased the trademarks of the defunct Liberty Basketball Association.

When the WNBA opened in 1997, the Liberty were one of the first teams to choose a player, and they signed college superstar Rebecca Lobo (UConn) to a contract. Lobo was a starter for two seasons, but was injured in 1999. Her injuries eventually led to her retirement several seasons later. Point guard Teresa Weatherspoon emerged as a star, and the Liberty made it to the 1997 championship game, where the team lost to the Houston Comets. In 1999, they added Crystal Robinson with the 6th overall pick[3] and returned to the WNBA Finals, where they again faced the Comets. In Game 2, Teresa Weatherspoon's halfcourt shot at the buzzer gave the Liberty a one-point road win that tied the series at a game apiece. However, the Liberty lost the third game of the series and the Comets became champions for a third straight time.

In 2000, the Liberty traded for Tari Phillips who blossomed in New York and made four straight All-Star teams. In 2001, Weatherspoon became the WNBA's all-time assist leader. Teamed with Robinson, Phillips and an emerging Sue Wicks, who was once a back-up to Lobo at forward but made the 2000 All-Star game, Weatherspoon and the Liberty subsequently returned to the finals in 2000 and 2002, but lost once again to the Comets and to the Los Angeles Sparks, respectively. The Liberty also advanced to the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals in 2001.

Transition seasons (2003–2009)

Madison Square Garden during a Liberty game.
Madison Square Garden during a Liberty game.

The 2003 season marked a transition for the Liberty and with team leader Teresa Weatherspoon's WNBA career winding down, fan favorite Becky Hammon emerged as a star player. The 2004 season saw Hammon replacing Weatherspoon as the team's starting point guard.

The Liberty played six of their home games during the 2004 season at Radio City Music Hall as Madison Square Garden was hosting the 2004 Republican National Convention.[4] These games marked the first time Radio City had hosted a professional sporting event since the Roy Jones Jr. boxing match held in 1999.

With team leader Tari Phillips being signed away to the Houston Comets, Ann Wauters emerged as a force at the team's starting center position in 2005. However, she was unfortunately injured midway through the season. The loss of Wauters was felt as the team was swept two games to none by the Indiana Fever in the first round of the playoffs.

The Liberty had a poor 2006 season, winning only 11 games, the fewest in franchise history.

At the beginning of the 2007 WNBA season, the team traded Becky Hammon to the San Antonio Silver Stars for Jessica Davenport, a first round pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft. They also acquired center Janel McCarville through the dispersal draft associated with the dissolution of the Charlotte Sting. The 2007 Liberty started out 5–0, then lost 7 straight games, then rallied at the end of the season to get the last playoff spot by winning 3 out of their last 4 games, beating the Washington Mystics on the tiebreaker of head-to-head record. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Liberty, as huge underdogs, faced the defending champion Detroit Shock in a best-of-three series. The Liberty defeated the Shock by winning Game 1 in New York. In Games 2 and 3 the Liberty lost both games to the Shock in Detroit, 76–73 and 71–70 (OT) respectively.

In 2008, the Liberty drafted former Rutgers shooting guard Essence Carson and former North Carolina forward Erlana Larkins, and signed former Utah point guard Leilani Mitchell during the preseason. Despite having the youngest average age of any WNBA team, the Liberty managed to win 19 regular season games in 2008, to defeat the Connecticut Sun in the first round of playoff action, and to come within two points of defeating the Detroit Shock in the third and last game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Again, the Detroit series entailed a Liberty victory at home in Game 1, followed by narrow defeats away in Games 2 and 3. The 2008 season also featured the "Liberty Outdoor Classic", the first ever professional regular season basketball game to be played outdoors, on July 19 at Arthur Ashe Stadium of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Indiana Fever defeated the Liberty in the Outdoor Classic.

In the 2009 WNBA Draft, the Liberty selected local favorite Kia Vaughn from Rutgers. With a solid core group, the Liberty looked to be a contender in the East yet again.

In the 2009 season, however, they never proved to be a contender and the team fired head coach Pat Coyle. To replace Coyle, the Liberty hired then-Liberty assistant coach Anne Donovan on an interim basis. Despite the coaching change, the franchise continued to struggle, finishing 13–21, their second worst record in franchise history.

The Cappie Pondexter era (2010–2014)

The New York Liberty fared better in 2010, during Donovan's first and only full season as head coach. Led by newly signed high scorer Cappie Pondexter (formerly of the Phoenix Mercury) and the 2010 Most Improved Player Award winner Leilani Mitchell, the team made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Atlanta Dream.

The team had high hopes for 2011, after the hiring of former WNBA champion head coach John Whisenant. Janel McCarville did not report to training camp, seeking time with her family, and as such, was suspended for the duration of the 2011 season. This caused division and discord within the New York Liberty fanbase. Kia Vaughn was unexpectedly thrust into the role of starting Center.

The Liberty were originally scheduled to be displaced from their usual home court due to renovations at Madison Square Garden scheduled to begin in 2009. However, the renovation plans were delayed, and the Liberty played at the Garden in 2009 and 2010. The Liberty ended up playing in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for their 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons while the renovations were ongoing.

Pondexter and Plenette Pierson, along with improved play from Vaughn, allowed New York to be competitive early in the 2011 season. The team went into the All-Star break in third place in the Eastern Conference. In August, Sidney Spencer was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in exchange for Kara Braxton. By maintaining a fairly even standard of play, the Liberty made their way into the WNBA Playoffs. However, the Liberty fell to the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Isiah Thomas era (2015–2018)

On May 5, 2015, the Liberty hired Thomas as Team President overseeing all business and basketball operations of the franchise.[5] Under Thomas' leadership as team president and the coaching staff led by Bill Laimbeer as head coach, the Liberty finished first in the Eastern Conference during the 2015 season.[6]

On August 2, 2015, during halftime at the game against the Seattle Storm, the New York Liberty inducted WNBA legend Becky Hammon into the Liberty's Ring of Honor. Thomas presented Hammon with her ring during the induction ceremony at Madison Square Garden. Hammon is currently the head coach of the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces.

After qualifying for the 2016 WNBA Playoffs, the Liberty lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the second round.[7]

In November 2017, the Madison Square Garden Company and James L. Dolan announced they were actively looking to sell the franchise.[8] After not immediately finding a buyer, MSG relocated most of the Liberty's 2018 home games to Westchester County Center in nearby White Plains, New York, the home of MSG's NBA G League team the Westchester Knicks, while still continuing to pursue a sale.[9]

The Joseph Tsai era (2019–present)

On January 23, 2019, the Liberty were sold to Joseph Tsai, co-founder of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese internet company, who then owned 49% of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.[10] During the 2019 season, the Liberty played two games in Brooklyn at the Nets' home of the Barclays Center, with the rest still in White Plains. Later that year, Tsai became the sole owner of the Nets and the Barclays Center.[11] For the 2020 season, Tsai relocated the Liberty to Brooklyn on a full-time basis.[12]

The Liberty were major players in the 2020 WNBA draft, entering that draft with three first-round picks plus two in the early second round. Shortly before the draft, they traded former league MVP Tina Charles to the Washington Mystics in a deal that also involved the Dallas Wings.[13] They chose Sabrina Ionescu as the first pick, with Megan Walker and Jazmine Jones selected later in that round.[14] The team also introduced a new logo, featuring a simplified version of their Statue of Liberty branding. The color black was also made one of the primary colors, echoing the aesthetic of their NBA brother squad, the Brooklyn Nets.[15]

The Liberty began the 2020 season, held in a "bubble" in Bradenton, Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with seven rookies on their opening-night roster.[16] The team suffered a major blow in their third game, in which Ionescu suffered a severe ankle sprain that ultimately ended her season.[17] The Liberty ended the season with a league-worst 2–20 record. Despite the lack of wins, one of the first-year players, 12th overall pick Jazmine Jones, was named to the Associated Press and WNBA's All-Rookie teams. [18] [19]

The Liberty made major splashes during the 2021 offseason. Prior to its first season as full-time tenants of Barclays Center, the Liberty added WNBA champions Natasha Howard and Sami Whitcomb in a multi-team trade that sent Kia Nurse and Megan Walker to the Phoenix Mercury [20] and signed Betnijah Laney, the league's 2020 Most Improved Player Award winner. [21] The team then added Michaela Onyenwere and DiDi Richards in the 2021 WNBA Draft. Laney would represent the Liberty at the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game while Onyenwere won the Associated Press' Rookie of the Year Award. New York finished the year with a 12-20 record but the 10-game improvement in the win column was enough to push the team into the WNBA Playoffs for the first time since 2017. Seeded eighth, the Liberty put up a valiant effort against No. 5 Phoenix in the opening but fell by an 83-82 final.

On December 6, 2021, the Liberty and head coach Walt Hopkins Jr. parted ways.[22] The team would hire former Phoenix head coach Sandy Brondello in his place just over a month later on January 7, 2022.[23]

Season-by-season records

Season Team Conference Regular season Playoff Results Head coach
W L Win %
New York Liberty
1997 1997 East 2nd 17 11 .607 Won WNBA Semifinals (Phoenix, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Finals (Houston, 0–1)
Nancy Darsch
1998 1998 East 3rd 18 12 .600 Did not qualify Nancy Darsch
1999 1999 East 1st 18 14 .563 Received a bye for the Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals (Charlotte, 2–1)
Lost WNBA Finals (Houston, 1–2)
Richie Adubato
2000 2000 East 1st 20 12 .625 Won Conference Semifinals (Washington, 2–0)
Won Conference Finals (Cleveland, 2–1)
Lost WNBA Finals (Houston, 0–2)
Richie Adubato
2001 2001 East 2nd 21 11 .656 Won Conference Semifinals (Miami, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Charlotte, 1–2)
Richie Adubato
2002 2002 East 1st 18 14 .563 Won Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 2–1)
Won Conference Finals (Washington, 2–1)
Lost WNBA Finals (Los Angeles, 0–2)
Richie Adubato
2003 2003 East 6th 16 18 .471 Did not qualify Richie Adubato
2004 2004 East 2nd 18 16 .529 Won Conference Semifinals (Detroit, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Connecticut, 0–2)
R. Adubato (7–9)
P. Coyle (11–7)
2005 2005 East 3rd 18 16 .529 Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 0–2) Pat Coyle
2006 2006 East 5th 11 23 .324 Did not qualify Pat Coyle
2007 2007 East 4th 16 18 .471 Lost Conference Semifinals (Detroit, 1–2) Pat Coyle
2008 2008 East 3rd 19 15 .559 Won Conference Semifinals (Connecticut, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Detroit, 1–2)
Pat Coyle
2009 2009 East 7th 13 21 .382 Did not qualify P. Coyle (6–11)
A. Donovan (7–10)
2010 2010 East 2nd 22 12 .647 Won Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Atlanta, 0–2)
Anne Donovan
2011 2011 East 4th 19 15 .559 Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 1–2) John Whisenant
2012 2012 East 4th 15 19 .441 Lost Conference Semifinals (Connecticut, 0–2) John Whisenant
2013 2013 East 5th 11 23 .324 Did not qualify Bill Laimbeer
2014 2014 East 5th 15 19 .441 Did not qualify Bill Laimbeer
2015 2015 East 1st 23 11 .676 Won Conference Semifinals (Washington, 2–1)
Lost Conference Finals (Indiana 1–2)
Bill Laimbeer
2016 2016 East 1st 21 13 .618 Lost Second Round (Phoenix 0–1) Bill Laimbeer
2017 2017 East 1st 22 12 .647 Lost Second Round (Washington 0–1) Bill Laimbeer
2018 2018 East 5th 7 27 .206 Did not qualify Katie Smith
2019 2019 East 5th 10 24 .294 Did not qualify Katie Smith
2020 2020 East 6th 2 20 .091 Did not qualify Walt Hopkins
2021 2021 East 3rd 12 20 .375 Lost First Round (Phoenix 0–1) Walt Hopkins
Regular season 402 416 .491 4 Conference Championships
Playoffs 27 37 .422 0 WNBA Championships, 4 Losses

Statistics

New York Liberty statistics
1990s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
1997 S. Witherspoon (14.5) R. Lobo (7.3) T. Weatherspoon (6.1) 68.3 vs 65.9 32.9 vs 33.3 .412 vs .391
1998 S. Witherspoon (13.8) R. Lobo (6.9) T. Weatherspoon (6.4) 68.6 vs 65.5 31.5 vs 29.7 .425 vs .419
1999 V. Johnson (13.3) S. Wicks (7.0) T. Weatherspoon (6.4) 67.8 vs 65.3 29.5 vs 30.7 .418 vs .412
2000s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
2000 T. Phillips (13.8) T. Phillips (8.0) T. Weatherspoon (6.4) 67.1 vs 63.6 29.4 vs 30.2 .436 vs .407
2001 T. Phillips (15.3) T. Phillips (8.0) T. Weatherspoon (6.3) 67.6 vs 65.1 28.6 vs 30.7 .456 vs .423
2002 T. Phillips (14.1) T. Phillips (7.0) T. Weatherspoon (5.7) 65.3 vs 63.0 27.2 vs 30.0 .444 vs .399
2003 B. Hammon (14.7) T. Phillips (8.5) T. Weatherspoon (4.4) 66.0 vs 66.4 28.1 vs 31.2 .429 vs .419
2004 B. Hammon (13.5) E. Baranova (7.2) B. Hammon (4.4) 66.2 vs 67.6 29.5 vs 32.4 .424 vs .414
2005 B. Hammon (13.9) E. Baranova (6.9) B. Hammon (4.3) 68.1 vs 67.2 28.6 vs 30.3 .445 vs .427
2006 B. Hammon (14.7) K. Schumacher (5.5) B. Hammon (3.7) 69.8 vs 78.2 30.0 vs 34.5 .397 vs .449
2007 S. Christon (11.2) J. McCarville (4.8) L. Moore (4.8) 71.0 vs 73.6 31.6 vs 35.7 .417 vs .414
2008 S. Christon (15.7) C. Kraayeveld (6.1) L. Moore (4.6) 75.7 vs 74.6 32.5 vs 34.6 .421 vs .427
2009 S. Christon (16.1) J. McCarville (5.5) L. Moore (3.9) 73.9 vs 74.6 31.8 vs 35.4 .415 vs .420
2010s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
2010 C. Pondexter (21.4) J. McCarville (5.9) C. Pondexter (4.9) 79.2 vs 76.0 31.2 vs 32.0 .453 vs .436
2011 C. Pondexter (17.4) K. Vaughn (6.7) C. Pondexter (4.7) 76.0 vs 74.8 32.8 vs 32.4 .433 vs .429
2012 C. Pondexter (20.4) P. Pierson (5.4) C. Pondexter (4.3) 73.1 vs 77.2 33.4 vs 34.4 .425 vs .429
2013 C. Pondexter (16.9) K. Braxton (6.6) C. Pondexter (4.0) 69.6 vs 77.0 37.5 vs 35.0 .404 vs .408
2014 T. Charles (17.4) T. Charles (9.4) C. Pondexter (3.9) 72.1 vs 75.2 34.8 vs 33.9 .422 vs .426
2015 T. Charles (17.1) T. Charles (8.5) T. Wright (3.5) 74.4 vs 71.1 36.7 vs 31.5 .426 vs .393
2016 T. Charles (21.5) T. Charles (9.9) T. Charles (3.8) 81.6 vs 80.9 38.6 vs 34.0 .434 vs .413
2017 T. Charles (19.7) T. Charles (9.4) E. Prince (2.9) 79.7 vs 76.6 38.7 vs 31.8 .425 vs .408
2018 T. Charles (19.7) T. Charles (7.0) B. Boyd (5.3) 77.7 vs 84.8 34.1 vs 35.2 .432 vs .439
2019 T. Charles (16.9) T. Charles (7.5) B. Boyd (4.6) 77.4 vs 84.7 34.6 vs 35.7 .414 vs .438
2020s
Season Individual Team vs Opponents
PPG RPG APG PPG RPG FG%
2020 K. Nurse (12.2) A. Zahui B. (8.5) L. Clarendon (4.9) 71.9 vs 85.9 35.8 vs 37.0 .372 vs .444
2021 B. Laney (16.8) N. Howard (7.2) S. Ionescu (6.1) 78.5 vs 85.5 33.3 vs 36.6 .427 vs .438

Current roster

PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.Nat.NameHeightWeightDOBFromYrs
G/F9AustraliaAllen, Rebecca6' 2" (1.88m)162 lb (73kg)1992-11-06Australia6
G3United StatesDangerfield, Crystal5' 5" (1.65m)130 lb (59kg)1998-05-11Connecticut1
C31United StatesDolson, Stefanie6' 5" (1.96m)235 lb (107kg)1992-01-08Connecticut8
F6United StatesHoward, Natasha6' 2" (1.88m)165 lb (75kg)1991-09-02Florida State8
G20United StatesIonescu, Sabrina5' 11" (1.8m)165 lb (75kg)1997-12-06Oregon2
G23FranceJohannès, Marine5' 10" (1.78m)134 lb (61kg)1995-01-21France1
G/F44United StatesLaney, Betnijah Injured6' 0" (1.83m)166 lb (75kg)1993-10-29Rutgers6
F12United StatesOnyenwere, Michaela6' 0" (1.83m)178 lb (81kg)1999-08-10UCLA1
G/F2United StatesRichards, DiDi6' 2" (1.88m)164 lb (74kg)1999-02-08Baylor1
G32AustraliaWhitcomb, Sami5' 10" (1.78m)145 lb (66kg)1988-07-20Washington5
G/F13United StatesWilloughby, Jocelyn Injured6' 0" (1.83m)180 lb (82kg)1998-03-25Virginia1
C21ChinaXu, Han6' 10" (2.08m)193 lb (88kg)1999-10-31China1
Head coach
Australia Sandy Brondello
Assistant coaches
Germany Olaf Lange
United States Roneeka Hodges
United States Zach O'Brien
Athletic trainer
Terri Acosta
Strength and conditioning coach
Emily Zaler

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

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Other rights owned

Nationality Name Years pro Last played Drafted
United States Deanna Nolan 9 2009 2001
Turkey Olcay Çakır 2013

Former players

Honored numbers

New York Liberty honored numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
11 Teresa Weatherspoon G 1997–2003

Ring of Honor

Coaches and staff

Owners

General Managers

Head coaches

New York Liberty head coaches
Name Start End Seasons Regular season Playoffs
W L Win % G W L Win % G
Nancy Darsch 1997 1998 2 35 23 .603 58 1 1 .500 2
Richie Adubato 1998 2004 5 100 78 .562 178 14 13 .519 27
Pat Coyle 2004 2009 5 81 90 .474 171 6 10 .375 16
Anne Donovan 2009 2010 2 29 22 .569 51 2 3 .400 5
John Whisenant 2010 2012 2 34 34 .500 68 1 4 .200 5
Bill Laimbeer 2013 2017 5 92 78 .541 170 3 5 .375 8
Katie Smith 2018 2019 2 17 51 .250 68 0 0 0
Walt Hopkins 2020 2021 2 14 40 .259 54 0 1 0
Sandy Brondello 2022 present - 0 0 0 0 0 0

Assistant coaches

All-time notes

Home arenas

Regular season attendance

Regular season all-time attendance
Year Average High Low Sellouts Total for year WNBA game average
1997 13,270 (2nd) 18,051 8,554 0 185,786 9,669
1998 14,935 (2nd) 19,563 11,276 1 224,024 10,869
1999 13,797 (2nd) 16,782 10,940 0 220,748 10,207
2000 14,498 (2nd) 19,563 11,257 1 231,962 9,074
2001 15,671 (1st) 18,213 12,262 0 250,735 9,075
2002 14,670 (2nd) 19,563 12,037 1 234,717 9,228
2003 12,491 (2nd) 15,424 10,711 0 212,346 8,800
2004 9,629 (3rd) 15,698 5,945 0 163,686 8,613
2005 10,145 (1st) 12,543 7,897 0 172,471 8,172
2006 9,120 (2nd) 14,070 7,751 0 155,048 7,476
2007 8,677 (2nd) 11,341 6,267 0 147,506 7,742
2008 9,045 (4th) 19,393 6,928 0 153,772 7,948
2009 9,800 (3rd) 15,667 8,018 0 166,604 8,039
2010 11,069 (1st) 18,162 7,537 0 188,173 7,834
2011 7,702 (8th) 14,314 5,725 0 130,936 7,954
2012 6,779 (9th) 14,715 4,723 0 115,241 7,452
2013 7,189 (7th) 12,858 5,766 0 122,217 7,531
2014 8,949 (3rd) 17,252 7,023 0 152,128 7,578
2015 9,159 (3rd) 18,617 5,663 0 155,695 7,184
2016 9,724 (2nd) 14,503 7,356 165,300 7,655
2017 9,888 (4th) 17,443 7,004 0 168,096 7,716
2018 2,823 (12th) 12,488 1,419 0 47,988 6,721
2019 2,239 (12th) 7,715 1,181 0 38,067 6,535
2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was played in Bradenton, Florida without fans.[25][26]
2021 1,874 (9th) 3,114 815 0 28,113 2,636

Draft picks

Trades

All-Stars

Olympians

Honors and awards

Media coverage

Liberty games are broadcast on the YES Network, which is a regional sports network based in New York City. More often than not, NBA TV will pick up the feed from the local broadcast, which is shown nationally. Broadcasters for the Liberty games are Mike Crispino, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Julianne Viani.

All games (excluding blackout games, which are available on ESPN3.com) are broadcast to the WNBA LiveAccess game feeds on the league website. Furthermore, some Liberty games are broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. The WNBA has reached an eight-year agreement with ESPN, which will pay right fees to the Liberty, as well as other teams in the league.[27]

On May 22, 2019, the YES Network announced that it would broadcast 16 Liberty games for the 2019 season, adding to the network's existing basketball coverage of the Brooklyn Nets.[28] Previously, games had been broadcast on MSG Network.

Notes

  1. ^ Two games
  2. ^ Liberty Outdoor Classic
  3. ^ Six games

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Sporting positions Preceded byNone WNBA Eastern Conference co-championswith Houston Comets 1997 Succeeded byNo title awarded Preceded byNo title awarded WNBA Eastern Conference champions 1999, 2000 Succeeded byCharlotte Sting Preceded byCharlotte Sting WNBA Eastern Conference champions 2002 Succeeded byDetroit Shock